2008 Detroit Auto Show: Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept

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  • Looks like: Someone forgot to bolt on the back doors
  • Defining characteristics: Radically sloping rear
  • Ridiculous features: None — this is one straight-shooting concept
  • Chance of being mass-produced: 95% or so; the XLR proved a Cadillac sports car can’t be too expensive

The Cadillac CTS Coupe concept was one of the few real surprises at this year’s show. Held tightly under wraps, the CTS Coupe shows what a production two-door version of the recently redesigned CTS would look like. In fact, it looks so production-ready we’d bet even odds it’ll be at a dealer near you in 2009.

The coupe has the same wheelbase as the sedan but is 2 inches shorter overall, and the height is roughly 2 inches lower as well. There are two seats in the back, but this is clearly a driver’s car. Expect the engines in a production model to be the same as the sedan: 3.6-liter V-6s putting out 258 or 304 hp. We’d even bet on a CTS-V coupe coming along someday down the road, too.

Cadillac is winning over buyers because of its edgy looks and sporty driving nature; the new CTS isn’t staying on lots long. The last time Cadillac dipped into the two-door category was with the XLR, which has an $80,000 price of entry. A sub-$40,000 sport coupe like this would definitely broaden appeal.  Check out all that appeal in more photos below.

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Former managing editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David Thomas

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